OREGON COUNTY -- The University of Missouri Extension Board of Directors election will be held in the county Jan. 19 through Jan. 26.
According to Extension Council chairman Jim Heiskell, the Extension Council is divided into two districts, the northern district and the southern district.
Candidates that have been nominated for the elective positions in the northern district are: Dale Jedicka, Lester Jett, Rodger Shelton, David Case, Darrell Strain and Wayne Adrian.
Southern district nominees are: Nancy Alford, Russell Grooms, Phil Johnson, Junior Roberts and Debbie Strain.
Eight council members, four from the northern district and four from the southern district, will be elected, each for a two year period.
There will also be three appointed members to the Extension Council. At this time the appointments have not been made.
Oregon County residents now serving in the appointed positions are Buddy Wright, from the Oregon County Commission, Joe Cockman, from the Oregon County Farm Bureau and Janet Brewer from Oregon County 4-H.
Oregon County Extension Agriculture business manager Stacy Hambelton said the elected Extension Council members and the appointed election council members guide Extension work in the county.
"Our office is located in the basement of the courthouse at Alton. It was established to serve the residents of the county by extending research based knowledge and top quality educational programs for our residents at a local level," Hambelton said.
Besides agricultural and natural resource needs that Hambelton oversees at the Extension office, several other services are provided by other local staff members.
Nichole Harms serves as the Nutrition Program associate. A portion of her job is to bring nutrition education to the youth and adults of the county.
Gary Cross serves as the Community Development Specialist for the University Extension in Oregon County.
Cross focuses on educational programs and community development for the county. He invites anyone with any ideas on community development to contact him at the local Extension office.
Nancy Reed is the 4-H Youth Development Program assistant at the Extension office.
She oversees all 4-H clubs in the county and is involved in the Oregon County Youth Summit as well.
The Youth Summit is starting its 10th year in the county. The Youth Summit brings together high school juniors from all four school districts in the county to learn community leadership and service skills.
Kathy Loth serves as the secretary/bookkeeper at the office.
Hambelton said polling places for the upcoming Extension election have yet to be established but when they are they will be passed on to the residents in the county.
For more information call Hambelton at the Extension office at 417-778-7490.